September 30, 2010, 11am PDT
<em>Grist</em> talks with Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon about congressional efforts to integrate ideas of livability into communities and policy.
September 21, 2010, 11am PDT
Hong Kong and Singapore are two thriving, rival Asian cities. But when evaluated in terms of livability, Hong Kong was rated #71 while Singapore scored #28. Singapore's cleaner air was considered a major factor. Hong Kong is making changes.
September 17, 2010, 9am PDT
This episode of <em>The Diane Rehm Show</em> explores efforts underway to make the world's cities more livable.
September 2, 2010, 6am PDT
Do urban areas have the monopoly on livability? Transportation 4 America says no, and presents 12 case studies to prove it.
August 26, 2010, 12pm PDT
Roughly 600 University of Oregon students will take part in the university's Sustainable Cities Initiative, which pulls together students of architecture, planning, law, journalism and business to make a plan to fix downtown Salem.
August 9, 2010, 7am PDT
Senator Dodd's Livable Communities Act passed a milestone on August 3 by passing the Banking Committee on a party line vote: 12-10. Known as a "smart growth planning" bill, it would integrate transportation with housing and economic planning.
June 28, 2010, 1pm PDT
Kaid Benfield introduces Jan Gehl and Walter Hook's principals to promote "environmentally sustainable and socially equitable transportation worldwide."
Sustainable Cities Colletive
June 7, 2010, 11am PDT
Conservative commentators criticize the Obama administration for supporting 'livability' programs, calling them social engineering. Neal Pierce argues that 'livability' is shorthand for a strategy that tackles a number of serious problems.
May 2, 2010, 9am PDT
The concept of "livability" seems to be catching on -- both at a local level and up in the federal government. This is especially true in the Department of Transportation. That could mean bad news for the road building lobby.
Center for Public Integrity
April 8, 2010, 9am PDT
When Charlotte's new light rail line opened, it vastly exceeded anticipated ridership figures. As the city plans an extension of the system, the federal government is revising how it distributes funding to avoid making the same mistake again.
April 7, 2010, 9am PDT
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood explains the new emphasis on 'livable and sustainable communities', and walking and biking, calling it a 'game changer' in this short but informative Q & A with the New York Times in its Green Inc. blog.
The New York Times - Green Inc. blog
April 6, 2010, 5am PDT
AARP takes a comprehensive looks at streetcars, exploring their past demise, comeback, and now spreading to as many as 40 cities. Special attention is given to the Portland Streetcar and how the streetcar enables better mobility for seniors.
March 16, 2010, 7am PDT
Less money for highways, more for transit and "complete streets" - New Urban News takes a look at where the $1.5 billion TIGER grants are going.
February 12, 2010, 1pm PST
As the Winter Olympics kick off in Vancouver, the city has been named the world's "most livable city".
January 11, 2010, 12pm PST
All the architectural wonders of Dubai don't overshadow the city-state's poor urban planning, according to <em>Chicago Tribune</em> architecture critic Blair Kamin.
December 4, 2009, 12pm PST
Among the criteria for evaluating projects, livability is at the top, along with safety and economic competitiveness.
August 10, 2009, 5am PDT
August 4, 2009, 12pm PDT
Typically at the top of "best cities" lists, Vancouver and Portland are highly coveted places. This piece looks at why Portland is really number one.
July 27, 2009, 11am PDT
A new report identifies ways to incorporate health objectives into transportation and land use planning.
The Convergence Partnership
July 23, 2009, 5am PDT
Streets aren't just for driving, and cities are starting to realize it. Amber Hawkes and Georgia Sheridan explain why street design matters and where we are today in terms of designing the "street space."